"Planned to be an EMT since middle school. Loved medical field but lacked stamina for med school. Broke down during training. Couldn't handle the emotional stress of patients' worst days. Now work at a museum."
"Tried blacksmithing after lots of YouTube videos. My Dad & I had a personal class; the instructor was great! Made 3 metal pieces but found the medium too hot & risky. Spending $75 on a class saved me thousands on a setup I'd hate."
"Majored in music production and realized it was brutally technical, drawn out, and boring. Pros I worked with were miserable. I opted to enjoy being in a band, got a day job, started a family, and it's been sustainable. The industry is brutal - requires constant networking, long hours, and it's easy to burn out."
"I pursued physics with zeal, even started a Ph.D., but got disheartened by its downsides. After a period of despair and career re-evaluation, I switched to statistics and found joy. Landed a permanent research position at an R1 university in my home state. Achieving what I dread once, made a drastic change and never regretted it."
“I dreamt of a digital nomad life in my 20s. I tried it at 30 in Costa Rica but missed my community. While I had cool experiences, they felt hollow as I was not sharing them with loved ones. I gained perspective from it but it's not for me.”
"As a Chef, I left school early for cookery. Enjoyed first months, then found it draining. My long split shifts are exhausting. A recent knee injury calmed my anxiety and depression, making me rethink my career choice."
Originally planning to be a psychologist, I quickly realized it wasn't for me after an internship at Child and Family Services. I switched paths, earning my masters in HCI/UX and starting my tech career. I'll continue reading psychology books, not practicing it.